Spring Hill College to present “Music in Jesuits” Sept. 30

Tue, 01/30/2007 (All day)

Sep 18, 2006

MOBILE — Spring Hill College will host “Music in Jesuits: A Celebration of the Musical Spirit in the Society of Jesus” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 in St. Joseph Chapel on the college campus, followed by a reception on the Rydex Commons. The event is free and open to the public.

This special musical event will include solo and ensemble, instrumental and vocal selections as well as choral pieces performed by Jesuit musicians from around the country. The college’s new 24-stop, 30-rank tracker (mechanical action) organ, built by Heissler Organ Company in Germany, will be dedicated at the concert. The organ was installed in St. Joseph Chapel in March and will be featured in all of the selections at the concert.

“In deciding how to most appropriately dedicate the new organ, we have recognized an opportunity to celebrate far more than just the organ,” said the Rev. Stephen Campbell, S.J., chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts and rector of the Jesuit community at Spring Hill College. “The placement of a new tracker organ onto one of our college campuses expresses a value that has always been a hallmark of the Society of Jesus: the value of music. We are excited to host this rare opportunity for Jesuit musicians from across the United States to perform and celebrate together.” 

Among the performers, the Rev. Kevin Waters, S.J., Jesuit of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., will perform an original composition on the organ titled “Prelude on Veni Creator Spiritus.” Other selections include compositions by Bach and Handel, featuring the Rev. Jim Coughlin, S. J., of Regis High School in New York on the organ.

All are invited to the 11 a.m. Eucharist on Sunday, Oct. 1 in St. Joseph Chapel, where Jesuit musicians will provide the music. 

For more information on “Music in Jesuits,” call Spring Hill College’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts at (251) 380-3855.